I am worried I’ve made myself vulnerable. I had a tenant under an AST which came to the end of the term. When I went to collect the keys, the tenant was ready to move out but expressed an interest to stay. I then said I could create another contract on condition he paid the rent straight away. But I have not received the rent and so what was previously my tenant is now occupying without a contract.
I do not suspect a deliberate attempt on the part of the tenant to achieve this, not least because he was ready to leave. I suspect he would sign a new contract if necessary. What is best to preserve my rights to possession? Can I evict without a contract?